Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday's With Jess: To Review or not to Review?

At the very end of the year, I calculated the number of books I had read for that year and came up with 69.  I have no idea how many books I reviewed but it wasn't even close to 69. Could I have reviewed more books? Absolutely! Why didn't I?

There's a three reasons for this. The first reason is that I'm a book junkie...which means I finish a book and start reading another one an hour later, not even that sometimes! So I don't have any head space to remember some of the books I've read and thus writing a review is very difficult. To combat this, I started keeping a log of my thoughts on books once I finish them. This way I can keep reading at breakneck speed, whilst still recalling previous books. Thus writing reviews isn't so daunting.

The second reason is that I probably didn't like the book enough to review it. We don't review books here unless we like them. Having said that, we can be critical towards a book but still really love it.

The third reason is simple. Sometimes I don't want to share my thoughts about a book. This might sound strange, even selfish, but haven't you liked something to the point that you just wanted to cuddle up with your thoughts leave them there inside your head and let them be just yours? Well, sometimes that's how I feel about some of the books I read.

For those that write reviews, do you review every book you like?

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Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, I totally share your sentiments, Jess. There are books I don't review because I didn't like them. And yes, I am a firm believer in being able to point out things I didn't like about a book I absolutely loved!! It's important to me to be honest in my book reviews, and I love your blog because of that too! :-)

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    1. Thanks Gwen! It's a fine line between being honest and being too critical. Something I struggle with when I write reviews. :)

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